Senior Professional Educator and Lead Professional Educator Licenses

In 2009, Ohio restructured its teacher licensure system and established a new career ladder for educators. The four-tiered system provides opportunities for teachers to advance in their professional careers and serve as school improvement leaders, without leaving the teaching profession. The Senior Professional Educator License and Lead Professional Educator License are advanced steps on the career ladder.

The Master Teacher Verification Form may be found here.  Please upload completed form with your initial/renewal online application.

Requirements for the Senior Professional Educator License

  • Master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting organization, or an equivalent accreditation if the degree was completed outside the United States. Click here to search for your institution's accreditation in the US Department of Education database.
  • Nine years of experience under a standard teaching license or certificate, of which at least five years are under a professional/permanent license/certificate; and
  • Demonstration of effective practice at the accomplished or distinguished level of performance as defined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession; specifically, by successful completion of the Master Teacher portfolio and designation as a Master Teacher.

Requirements for Renewal of the Senior Professional Educator License

The Senior Professional Educator License is valid for five years and may be renewed by individuals currently employed in a school or school district upon verification of the following:

  • Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed at an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education since the issuance of the license to be renewed, as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) of the employing school or school district; or
  • Eighteen continuing education units (180 contact hours) or other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed since the issuance of the license to be renewed, as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) of the employing school or school district; and
  • Demonstration of meeting the criteria for the accomplished or distinguished level of performance described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (available on the Ohio Department of Education's website at education.ohio.gov) by maintaining current designation as a Master Teacher.

Not Currently Employed in an Ohio School

  • The holder of the Senior Professional Educator License who is not employed in Ohio schools may apply directly to the Ohio Department of Education for renewal with evidence of six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed at an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education since the issuance of the license to be renewed; and
  • Demonstration of meeting the criteria for the accomplished or distinguished level of performance described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (available on the Ohio Department of Education's website at education.ohio.gov) by maintaining current designation as a Master Teacher.
  • No pre-approval of coursework: Applicants do not need to seek pre-approval of coursework from the Ohio Department of Education. The department DOES NOT pre-approve coursework. Applicants should select coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure.
  • Accreditation: Coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. To verify accreditation, check with the college or university directly or check here.
  • Dates of coursework: Applicants who wish to renew their licenses must have completed coursework after the issue date of the license they wish to renew.
  • Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed for up to five years: Complete nine semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  • Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed more than five years:  Complete twelve semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.

Please note: The holder of the Senior Professional Educator License who does not meet the requirements specified above may instead meet the professional license renewal requirements.

Requirements for the Lead Professional Educator License

  • Master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting organization, or an equivalent accreditation if the degree was completed outside the United States.  Click here to search for your institution's accreditation in the US Department of Education database.
  • Nine years under a standard teaching license or certificate, of which at least five years are under a professional/permanent license/certificate or Senior Professional Educator License; and
  • Demonstration of effective practice at the distinguished level of performance defined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession; specifically, by holding active National Board Certification, OR, successful completion of the Master Teacher portfolio with the designation as a Master Teacher and by holding the Teacher Leader Endorsement.

Requirements for Renewal of the Lead Professional Educator License

The Lead professional educator license is valid for five years and may be renewed by individuals currently employed in a school or school district upon verification of the following:

  • Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed at an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education since the issuance of the license to be renewed, as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) of the employing school or school district; or
  • Eighteen continuing education units (180 contact hours) or other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed since the issuance of the license to be renewed, as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) of the employing school district; and
  • Demonstration of meeting the criteria for the distinguished level of performance described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (available on the Ohio Department of Education's website at education.ohio.gov) through either of the following two methods:
    • By holding a valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org/); or
    • By holding the Teacher Leader licensure endorsement earned through completion of an approved program of preparation, and maintaining current designation as a Master Teacher in accordance with the definition and criteria for a Master Teacher adopted by the State Board of Education under section 3319.61 of the Revised Code and the Master Teacher designation renewal process (education.ohio.gov).

Not Currently Employed in an Ohio School

  • The holder of the Lead Professional Educator License who is not employed in Ohio schools may apply directly to the Ohio Department of Education for renewal with evidence of six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, completed at an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education since the issuance of the license to be renewed; and
  • Demonstration of meeting the criteria for the distinguished level of performance described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (available on the Ohio Department of Education's website at education.ohio.gov) by maintaining the current designation as a Master Teacher.
  • No pre-approval of coursework: Applicants do not need to seek pre-approval of coursework from the Ohio Department of Education. The department DOES NOT pre-approve coursework.  Applicants should select coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure; and
  • Accreditation: Coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. To verify accreditation, check with the college or university directly or check here.
  • Dates of coursework: Applicants who wish to renew their licenses must have completed coursework after the issue date of the license they wish to renew.
  • Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed for up to five years: Complete nine semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  • Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed more than five years: Complete twelve semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.

Please note: The holder of the Lead Professional Educator License who does not meet the requirements specified above may instead meet the professional license renewal requirements.

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Last Modified: 3/2/2016 7:56:51 AM